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Tools of the Trade: What You'll Need to be an Efficient and Profitable Bartender

Last updated 5 years ago

To craft stunning cocktails, you need more than top-notch bartender training. A flair for showmanship also helps, as does a passion for finely crafted drinks. You will also need a set of quality bartending tools in order to quickly and efficiently perform the tasks required to make premium mixed drinks. The most basic bartending tools include:

Various Sized Jiggers
These small hourglass-shaped measuring containers allow you quickly measure consistent amounts of different spirits. The two sides of the jigger hold different amounts, usually a single and a double shot of whiskey.

Cocktail Strainers
Many cocktails, especially those that contain fresh citrus fruit or those that are shaken over ice then served “up,” need to be strained before serving. Cocktail strainers of varying sizes that fit over shakers allow you to do this quickly and efficiently.

Some cocktails, like the classic Southern mint julep or the recently trendy Brazilian caipirinha, require you to muddle mint leaves or limes. Regular flatware doesn’t have the correct shape to properly muddle these substances and release their oils and flavors, so you should invest in a professional quality muddling tool for your bar.

Ice Scoops
Even if you don’t serve them on the rocks, most cocktails should still be shaken over ice. Bars have large bins of ice to aid the bartenders, but it is unsanitary and against code to scoop ice with your hands, and it can be inefficient to scoop it with a glass. An ice scoop will cut down on mess.

Cutting Boards and Knives
To save yourself time during a busy shift, you should slice wedges and twists of citrus before the crowds settle in. A sharp knife and a quality cutting board will make this task much quicker and easier.

If you want to learn all the skills you will need to become a bartender, call Professional Bartending Schools of America today at (513) 542-3500 to find the location nearest you and inquire about class enrollment. 


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